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Growing Up Gold

If you’re going to successfully detect nuggets you must not only know a little about finding gold and detecting, but you also need to know your own limits, have a dash of luck and a lot of persistence.

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You keep all you find at Ganes, with weekly tallies kept for a loose competition that I find helps motivate me. I seriously try to find more nuggets than anyone else in a given week, and usually make it or close to it.

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We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.

How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part I


Many new prospectors start out prospecting in public areas and club claims, and this is perfectly fine, but the next step in the progression of becoming an experienced prospector is to locate and stake your own mining claims. 

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With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...

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The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here,  meaning no bold, favorable indicators.

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This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.

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